My Great Great Grandfather Levi Wychoff

I just found this photo today thanks to Hollie Henke.   This is a very nice find.  Sooner or later, I’ll get some more info up about my relationship to the Wychoffs!

levi wycoff

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NEW Cousin today!

Strange thing happened on Facebook. I joined a group about being from Steubenville, Ohio. Since that is where my parents are from, I decided to ask for entry. I was approved, made an inital post and within a coupld of hours, I ran into a cousin from my Wyckoff side. My Grandmother is Jenny Wyola Wychoff Wilson. I have researched and documented the direct line from her on up but none of the branches. Welcome Bonnie Stump to my tree. Bonnie is a my first cousin once removed. Her great grandmother and my grandmother were sisters! Small world! I’ll try to get more on the Wychoff family up here soon.

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Another D.A.R. Patriot!

I said in my last post that I might start working on another D.A.R. patriot– another supplemental after visiting the Chapman Plot in Brooke Cemetery.    Well, it didn’t take me long and I already had most of the information.  I only needed one marriage cert, one death cert. and a will naming Minnie’s husband Thomas as the son of Alfred.  I am hoping that I will hear in the next month or two that D.A.R. in Washington DC  has excepted all my verification and I’ll be getting another certificate.  Thanks you George Chapman my 5th Great Grandfather!

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The Chapman’s of West Virginia

On a trip to Pa last month we as usual incorporated a cemetery visit into the journey. We stopped in Wellsburg, West Virginia which is in Brooke County and  right on the Ohio river south of Weirton WV.  There in the Brooke Cemetery I met my Chapman family for the first time.  Although I’ve seen photos of them and their graves I always say none of that counts till you have stood at their grave.  Of course according to  our genealogy research tradition, it was pouring down rain.  Mark wanted to return another day.  I said that being so close  we should proceed that’s why we had an umbrella and rain jackets.  So, here are the pictures from the cemetery.  

Chapman Bobbie in the rain

In the rain on another genealogy adventure!

The plot has a beautiful view down to the Ohio River

My lineage of the Chapman family is as follows:

George Chapman  1747-1812        fought in Revolutionary War

Thomas Chapman         1785-1845                                         4x gt gr fa

Alfred Chapman            1814-1889                                         3x gt gr fa

Thomas Stanton Chapman   1845-1905                                2x gt gr fa

Minnie Viola Chapman Crawford    1871-1920                   gt gr mo

Mary Christine Crawford Stuart    1902- 1967                     gr mo

While I do not have a lot of information on the Chapman family,l I heard their names often when growing up when my grandmother spoke of them.  One major fact I know is that Minnie Viola my Great Grandmother died while in Pittsburgh with her daughter Mary ( my grandmother) .  They were waiting for an elevator in a department store or office building.  The elevator came, the door opened , no elevator was in place and Minnie was sucked in by the air and fell to her death.  Horrible story .  Her death certificate confirms it.

The history of George Chapman who is a Revolutionary War Veteran is also interesting.  He bought and sold land all over the place in West Virginia and I will be studying his will!

Uh Oh, I feel another D.A.R. supplimental  coming up!

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D.A.R. Patriot Isaac LaRue

Exactly a year ago, I wrote the post about the life of Isaac LaRue  who is my  6th Great Grandfather!  Go back and read it to refresh your memory.  I found out just two days ago that my supplemental has been approved and now Isaac is officially my patriot that I have proved with in the guidelines of the Daughters of the American Revolution.  I had the application turned in with a couple of months of my discovery but it has taken the folks in Washington DC quite a while to get to my applicaiton.  Yay, I now have two Patriots through the D.A.R.!

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” What’s Past is Prologue”  

W. Shakespeare
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Robert Wilson 1841-1863 Generation 3

Robert Wilson was born to Thomas A. and Mary D. Wilson in approximately 1841 using the census records to figure the math.  He was the eldest of six children and was by my guess named for his Uncle Robert, his father’s brother.

When I began working on Thomas A Wilson’s information and biography and noticed that his son Robert showed up on the 1860 census and not on the 1870 census and all the other siblings were still in the household, I knew that I needed to learn about Robert.  I had sort of a bad feeling knowing that a rather large national event happened in the 1860’s call Civil War .   I learned from a book called “History of the fortieth Illinois Inf., (Volunteers) published in 1864 that Robert Wilson was part of the men of the 40th Regiment Illinois Volunteer Infantry.  He was in Company “E”and was a Private.  The book describes him as age 21, 5 foot 5.5  inches tall with light hair, blue eyes, light complexion, single, a farmer, Born in Carroll County,and KILLED IN ACTION

My 3rd great granduncle’s son and my Cousin 4 times removed was dead in the Civil War!  I felt very sad when I learned this and realized that as far as I know right now, he is my only family member from three branches that I have researched that has actually been a casualty of war.I do take some comfort in the fact that he did have a proper burial first at Chickamauga and now permanently at the Chattanooga National Cemetery in Hamilton County Tennessee.  His Find A Grave Memorial was originally set up by the US Veterans Affairs Office.  He is my closest family in a cemetery to me and I will go visit soon!



Name: Robert Willson
Age: 19
Birth Year: abt 1841
Gender: Male
Birth Place: Ohio
Home in 1860: Township 1 S Range 6 E, Wayne, Illinois
Post Office: Pin Oak
Family Number: 485
Value of real estate: View image
Household Members:
Name Age
Thos A Willson 50
Mary Willson 40
Robert Willson 19
John Willson 17
Elizabeth Willson 14
Sarah A Willson 12
Nancy J Willson 10
Thos A Willson 3



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Robert Wilson

s from this memorial…

Birth: unknown
Death: 1863

Robert Wilson, Co E 40th Illinois.
Residence WAYNE CO, IL.
Nativity CARROLL CO, OH.
-Illinois State Archives

Originally buried at Chickamauga; no date.
-Roll of Honor

Chattanooga National Cemetery
Hamilton County
Tennessee, USA
Plot: D, 12844


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